Who We Are
Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.
Through Little Free Library book exchanges, millions of books are exchanged each year, profoundly increasing access to books for readers of all ages and backgrounds.
Why Does Book Access Matter?
Academically, children growing up in homes without books are on average three years behind children in homes with lots of books, even when controlled for other key factors. One of the most successful ways to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to books, especially at home. But two out of three children living in poverty have no books to call their own.
Little Free Library book-sharing boxes play an essential role by providing 24/7 access to books (and encouraging a love of reading!) in areas where books are scarce. At the Little Free Library nonprofit, we’re working to fill book deserts and place libraries where they can make a big impact through our Impact Library Program. We’ve donated more than 1,000 libraries through this program to-date.
Millions of Books Exchanged Annually
Our staff is dedicated to increasing book access and forging community connections. We help people around the world start and maintain Little Free Library book exchanges. Watch the adjacent video to get a 30-second introduction to how Little Free Libraries work, and how you can start one, too!
We provide ongoing support to Little Free Library volunteer stewards, offering free library-building instructions, an online store with pre-built library models and kits, access to free or discounted books, and an e-newsletter full of ideas and advice. Our Action Book Club, which combines reading with community service, is open to all.
We also maintain a world map of registered Little Free Library boxes to help people find and share books wherever they are, and we have donated more than 1,000 Little Free Library book exchanges (and counting!) to communities where books are scarce through our Impact Library Program.
Little Free Library Stats
3 out of 4 people report they’ve read a book they normally would not have read because of a Little Free Library
73% of people say they’ve met more neighbors because of a Little Free Library
92% of people say their neighborhood feels like a friendlier place because of a Little Free Library
Statistics are based on an informal survey of over 3,000 Little Free Library stewards and fans conducted by Little Free Library staff in October 2017.
Milestones and More Information
Little Free Library is also the recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers Award, the Women’s National Book Association’s Second Century Prize, the Force for Positive Change Award, and the Library of Congress Literacy Award.
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